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Friday, July 27, 2007

The Bentley Buccaneer

The name really is cool. Aarrh me hearties ahoy its a Bentley!

The term Buccaneer was used in the later 17th century in the Caribbean Islands to refer to pirates who attacked Spanish shipping.

In 1996 it was used to name this Bentley.



The Bentley Buccaneer was built for the Royal Family of Brunei Darussalam, and a large article on The Sultan of Brunei Darussalam's Different Bentleys is here.

As a side note, the Straits of Malacca near Brunei has the most modern piracy in the world today. An appropriate name.

Six were built and here are the VIN numbers and their Brunei registration plate numbers are as follows:

SCBZH16C3TCH00434 Bentley Buccaneer BM 1154
SCBZH16C5TCH00435 Bentley Buccaneer BP 2121
SCBZH16C7TCH00436 Bentley Buccaneer KF 9998
SCBZH16C9TCH00437 Bentley Buccaneer KF 9997
SCBZH16C0TCH00438 Bentley Buccaneer BQ 1122
SCBZH16C2TCH00439 Bentley Buccaneer BP 9191

To learn how to decode Bentley VIN numbers read about it here.

The Bentley was built in Crewe in 1996, has dual airbags, features a 6.75 Litre V8, single Garrett turbocharger, non-catalyst engine is right hand drive and is built on the special "ZH" chassis, like many of the other Sultan cars.

That's all fact.

Now here comes some guess work.

I reckon that this Bentley is designed by Zagato.

Take a look. See it? Its very curvy, it flows, its smooth, it budges, it looks Milan. Very Zagato style. Think on the Aston Martins by Zagato, and look again. See it?

The Sultan commissioned Bertone, Pininfarina, Mulliner Park Ward and Jankel for his Rolls Royce and Bentley cars, and many many other coacbuilders for all his different marques, so Zagato would definitely been on the shopping list.

Now a second picture has surfaced on how the Bentley Buccaneer looks.



And a close up of the front.



If I was betting man, cash would be on a Bentley Buccaneer by Zagato.

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